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Father Frans van der Lugt, 75, a Dutch priest who had refused to leave the rebel-held and besieged city of Homs, was killed reportedly by a "masked gunman" in his house. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Latakia; fought alongside the Jaish al Mujahideen in Aleppo; and battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq near Rankous and Ras al Ein, where an Al Nusrah suicide bomber detonated at a regime checkpoint. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against the Islamic Front and Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo. President Assad claimed that much of the Syrian conflict will be over by the end of the year. Al Nusrah berated a top-tier jihadist forum for siding with ISIS, and cited al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri in support of its position.
A vehicle blew up in a market near a police station in rebel-controlled Homs city, killing 29 Islamic fighters, including two commanders. State media said the car was being packed with explosives, but some activists said an ammunition depot had been struck by a regime rocket, while a rebel said the Al Nusrah Front and others had been preparing a car bomb. A rebel mortar killed two people and wounded five when it hit the Damascus Opera House, state media said. In Latakia, the Nusrat al-Mathloum coalition threatened rocket attacks on Alawite neighborhoods in retaliation for regime barrel bombings, and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Hama and in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham beheaded a man in Aleppo, where it also battled Kurdish YPG forces; and clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Hasakah. A senior Islamic battalion commander shot and killed two rebel soldiers and wounded a third at the Sajjo checkpoint near the Bab al Salama crossing in Aleppo when they refused to allow him into the area.
The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Aleppo and in Latakia, where regime forces lost control of the town of Babolin, and two Moroccan field commanders of the Ahrar al Sham were killed in battle in Kasab. Turkey fired into Latakia in response to shelling that hit Hatay. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Idlib, Homs, Quneitra, Reef Dimashq, and in Hama. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with regime forces in Hama, battled regime forces as well as Al Nusrah in Hasakah, and fought against the Islamic Front in Raqqah. A few hundred members of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party are said to be fighting alongside regime and NDF forces, mainly in Christian-majority areas.
Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri eulogized Abu Khalid al Suri, his representative to Syria, and warned against jihadist infighting. The US is planning to increase training and shipments of small arms to "moderate" rebels based mainly in Jordan. An opposition source said over 1,000 jihadists, many of them non-Syrian, were recently airlifted from Jordan to Turkey, from which they entered Syria to fight in Latakia. Regime forces continued to battle the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, the Sham al Islam, and the Junoud al Sham in Latakia; 35 regime soldiers and 64 Islamist fighters were killed there yesterday, including the military commander of Sham al Islam, an Egyptian named Abu Safiya al-Masri. Sham al Islam's leader, ex-Gitmo detainee Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, was also killed in Latakia. The Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Aleppo, Deraa, Hama, Reef Dimashq, and in Deir Izzour. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continued to clash with Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah. The "Jobar Revo" opposition group claimed that the regime had used poison gas yesterday in an attack in Jobar.
Former Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a.k.a. Brahim Benchakroun or Abu Ahmad al Maghribi, was reportedly killed in Latakia while leading his Sham al Islam group. Fierce fighting continued near a strategic hilltop in Latakia between regime forces and rebels, including the Al Nusrah Front, Ansar al Sham, Sham al Islam, Junoud al Sham, the Islamic Front, and Moroccan fighters from the Shab al Islam. The head of the UN chemical weapons mission said the regime must move quickly to meet the April 27 deadline for removing its chemical weapons from the country; shipments were stopped on March 20 due to worsening security in Latakia. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled Kurdish YPG forces in Hasakah, conducted raids in Raqqah, and clashed with both regime forces and Kurdish fighters in Aleppo. State media said regime forces discovered a 200-meter tunnel leading toward the al-Majd suburb in Damascus.
In a letter to the UN, Syria has accused "terrorist groups" of planning a gas attack in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Jobar that would be blamed on the regime. The head of the 'moderate' Syrian Revolutionaries Front, a Free Syrian Army offshoot, said the group fights alongside the Al Nusrah Front and has no quarrel with it. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Hama, in Latakia, and in Reef Dimashq. Al Nusrah clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah. Islamic fighters shelled a funeral procession for an NDF fighter in Sweida province, killing two civilians and injuring five more.